Gag order imposed on cardinals

From the indispensable John Thavis:  U.S. cardinals abruptly canceled their planned briefing today, and no further briefings were scheduled. Sister Mary Ann Walsh, who had coordinated the U.S. press encounters, said in an email: “Concern was expressed in the General Congregation about leaks of confidential proceedings reportedin Italian newspapers. As a precaution, the cardinals have [Read More…]

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Radio daze

Those who have nothing better to do this afternoon will be able to catch Your Humble Blogger chatting away with Lino Rulli on Sirius Satellite Radio.    I’ll be on sometime around 5:30 ET, discussing various things papal—including media coverage of the resignation. For me, it marks a return trip to “The Catholic Guy”—I visited [Read More…]

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Pope’s Twitter account to be closed—UPDATED

And a brief, bright era in new media comes to an end.  Let’s hope his successor will have his own account: At the same time as Pope Benedict XVI leaves office on February 28, his Twitter presence as @Pontifex will also come to an end, according to Vatican Radio. The news may come as a sad blow to the [Read More…]

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Vatican slams resignation “gossip” in media

From the BBC: The Vatican’s chief spokesperson has criticised the media for reporting “misinformation” about the Church. Father Federico Lombardi said some were trying to profit from a time of disorientation in the Catholic Church to spread “gossip” and “slander”. Father Lombardi made the comments in an editorial on the Vatican radio website. Pope Benedict [Read More…]

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Reports of an early conclave—and tweeting cardinals will go silent

A few tidbits this morning from Catholic News Service:  Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, confirmed this morning that top cardinals and canon lawyers at the Vatican are studying the possibility of beginning the conclave to elect a new pope before March 15. But only the cardinals can announce the exact date the conclave will [Read More…]

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“Alex, I’ll take ‘Great Catholic Evangelists’ for $1,000…”

And the answer is: “This jolly figure has been called the greatest evangelist in the church today.” And I reply: “Who is Fr. Robert Barron?” And with this, I lose. Well, I still think Fr. Barron is a great evangelist, but he himself has another answer in mind —and it’s worth checking it out in [Read More…]

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The Vatican confronts the digital age

Is the changing media landscape becoming a growing problem for the church?  One writer thinks so, and makes some compelling observations:  When Joseph Ratzinger became pope in 2005, the most common assumption (made by his fans and detractors alike) was that he’d continue in his role as an enforcer of theological orthodoxy. There were visions of [Read More…]

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Deacon Bill Steltemeier of EWTN dies

A giant in Catholic broadcasting—and one of the most familiar and recognizable deacons in America—has died. From the National Catholic Register:  Deacon R. William Steltemeier Jr., died on Feb. 15 at age 83 after an extended illness. Familiar to Eternal Word Television Network’s international family of viewers, for three decades he had been a faithful [Read More…]

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ESPN viewer: “Tony Rially has black ink smirred across his forehead…”

Ash Wednesday still befuddles some people (and, evidently, offers a few spelling challenges.)  The headline comes from Twitter, and reaction to the image above, seen yesterday on countless TV screens. The website Deadspin notes: For years, Around The Horn host Tony Reali has proudly worn the mark of Ash Wednesday upon his forehead while hosting that day’s [Read More…]

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Was Twitter to blame?

The Anchoress has a fascinating insight into the pope’s pending retirement:  Forgive me if this sounds absurd on the face of it, but I am wondering if, despite these pieces of evidence, Benedict’s recent entry into Twitter has had anything to do with the seeming abruptness of his announcement. The pope’s interest in, and support of, [Read More…]

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